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house Bill H.R. 7073

Should the Border Wall Be Funded Using the Reconciliation Process?

Argument in favor

Border security is too important to be blocked by a Senate filibuster, so funding for the border wall should be provided through the reconciliation process that only requires a simple majority.

Michael's Opinion
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11/26/2018
We are in a new era . Build the wall now so we can stop this unnecessary risk to children's safety as well as innocent people's lives.
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Cathy's Opinion
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11/26/2018
Border Security is National Security BUILD THAT WALL
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Bill's Opinion
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11/26/2018
Building the wall will stop ILLEGAL immigration which costs the US upwards of $190 BILLION per Year in both seen and unseen costs. By building the wall ($20 Billion) we can then redirect $170 BILLION towards other services such as infrastructure improvements, clean water, affordable housing and fixing ACA so it is affordable for ALL Americans, not just the Poor.
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Argument opposed

This bill is going nowhere and represents an abuse of the budget reconciliation process. Spending $25 billion on a border wall shouldn’t happen without the votes of at least 60 senators.

Debra's Opinion
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11/26/2018
The wall is going to be just as easy to be used to keep people IN as it is to keep people out. There are more tunnels used for drugs and trafficking children and the expensive wall will not stop that. Employ more border patrol and let them do their jobs. Start filling in the tunnels. We do need to know who is coming in, because of our insane foreign policy we have had for decades. We do not need a wall.
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Sue's Opinion
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11/26/2018
People who are desperate to survive are usually the ones who cross the boarder. They come to work and send money home. Most are treated horribly - like they are worthless than we Americans are. They humble themselves as our paid dirt slaves. And we want to spend $25B to build a wall that will be impossible to be impregnable, with water sources and hills. Its just a damn waste of money. I say- use that money to help rebuild Tijuana and aim south. IF there were jobs for the mexican people and food, clean water and shelter - I guarantee they would rather stay home and be with family. This whole issue needs to be re-thought. MOney on a wall is just stupid and will divide us and keep the tensions on immigration high. I want my tax dollars used to unite the world, not divide it. We spend million$ every year on boarder patrols etc - it would be better spent helping in a real lasting way. When the new financial system begins and the humanitarian funding is released - someone will pay to tear the wall down. Lets not take that step back in time - the Berlin wall came down - North and South Korea are shaking hands at the boarder - the Chinese opened their boarders and nullified their wall. Lets go into the next century promoting world peace and unity - not hate fear and division. I KNOW the crap at the boarder right now is scary. Soros is not going to fund the caravan forever. Our military can control this issue temporarily. By early next year this will all be resolved and the likes of Soros will be dead of in GITMO for treason and crimes against humanity - this will be a time of great celebration! Pray for a better way. I do!!
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Andy's Opinion
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11/26/2018
The drug cartels have Hundreds if not THOUSANDS of tunnels that get them across the border. A wall isn't going to stop them.
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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedOctober 19th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 7073?

This bill — the 50 Votes for the Wall Act — would allow the budget reconciliation process to be used to provide up to $25 billion for the construction of a border wall and other security-related infrastructure before January 19, 2021. Funds would go into a Border Wall and Security Trust Fund, which would cease to exist on September 30, 2028 and any unobligated funding remaining in the trust at that date would be returned to the general fund of the Treasury.

Impact

Tax dollars and the Border Wall and Security Trust Fund; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 7073

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) introduced this bill to use the budget reconciliation process to fund construction of the border wall:

“Border security is national security, and we cannot allow Democrats to continue to block our efforts to build a wall along our southern border. That is why I am introducing the 50 Votes for the Wall Act, which creates a process to overcome the Democrat obstruction and move forward with plans to construct President Donald Trump’s border wall. Sixty-three million Americans voted for President Trump with the promise of building a wall because they want us to finally secure our borders. With the 50 Votes for the Wall Act, we can make the wall a reality and ensure the safety of the American people.”

This legislation has the support of 19 cosponsors, all of whom are Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / Creatista)

AKA

50 Votes for the Wall Act

Official Title

To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2019.